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May 6, 2007 - Kelso, WA

Saturday, we went to Portland's grotto (massive gardens in tribute to Mary), the famous Portland rose gardens (not blooming yet), and the Evergreen Aviation Museum, where Howard Hughes' famous Spruce Goose plane resides (see pics). I'm glad I got to enjoy the roses in Sacramento, since none of them are blooming yet up here. Today, we moved only about 45 miles north, and set up a new base camp in Kelso, WA. From here, we will spend one day (probably tomorrow) at Mt. St. Helens and the other day (Tuesday) in Astoria. This campground we're now...

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Sep 15, 2006 - Kelso via Mount St Helens

Today we visited the Mount St Helens volcano. It was very cloudy, so we couldn't actually see the volcano. It last erupted in 1980, nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits. Even 25years on, you can still see the devastation, lots of areas are tree-less and you can still see the remains of the blown down trees. We are spending the night in Kelso, tomorrow we will head west, to the coast and drive south, down the pacific coast highway.

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Jul 16, 2006 - Day 2 to Kalama, WA.

Day 2 of "surfing" the interstate! We normally opt for scenic byways and roads less traveled but there is a lot of beauty along I-5 or maybe it's the gratitude we feel overwhelmingly at BEING ABLE to live this lifestyle. Several lessons: Don't take life for granted; Don't wait until tomorrow....; there will NEVER be ENOUGH money! DO IT NOW! Kalama, WA. is about 30 miles north of the Oregon border and we spent the night at a park run by the Port of Kalama located right on the Columbia River called Louis Rasmussen RV Park - $20 per night for...

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Jun 6, 2006 - Mount St Helens

June 6, 2006 We left Portland Fairview RV Park at 8:00. We drove 18 miles to a Costco at Vancouver, OR so Donald could get his flat tire fixed. We stayed at Costco while Donald drove to an Auto Supply Repair Store to buy another new alternator for his motor home. We ate lunch around 11:30 while we waited. In the afternoon, we left Costco and drove 46 miles to Mount St. Helen's visitor center where we watched two movies about the volcano. We viewed Mount St. Helen's from the observation point. We were told it would take 2 ½ hours to drive 52...

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Jun 6, 2006 - In Gig Harbor, getting ready to go

Here is a brief introduction of the group. Four of us, Jason Black, Danny DeWalt, David Duea and Tom Jonez are heading out on June 12th to Uganda. Please visit our itinerary if you would like to see what our plans are for the day. However, those can always change depending on the Lord's call. I will do my best to keep you updated with details of the day and pictures. However, internet access might not be that consistent - especially when we are in Gulu. We will be checking your posts, so please leave us a message. They will be an...

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Team Uganda

May 24, 2006 - Oregon Coast to Kelso, WA

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Less rain today. We keep driving in and out of tsunami danger zones(!) The ride up the coast had some nice views, and at one point (Tillamook) we were in an agricultural area with lush pastures and numerous Jersey cows. The last 100 miles to Astoria were more built up and not so scenic, but we had a nice windy walk on Cannon Beach. Ron is exploring Fort Clatsop where Lewis and Clark wintered, experimenting with his new digital camera (Canon PowerShot S2-IS), purchased today with no sales tax. After seeing one on a...

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Oct 11, 2005 - Kelso, WA

Abbiamo molta stanchezza accumulata e la macchina a noleggio che abbiamo ora verrà ricordata dall'umanità come una delle minacce più grandi del 2005 in termini di devastazione schienistica, ma il vulcano St Helen pare sia bellissimo e vale la pena di andare, fuori c'è nebbia e forse non si vedrà nulla, ma al visitor center ci hanno detto di provarci lo stesso, cominciamo a salire, una trentina di miglia nella foresta, gli alberi non mancano in America, poi affoghiamo di nuovo nella nebbia o in una una nuvola, non so, ma sta di fatto che...

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Oct 2, 2005 - Mt. Rainier and beyond

When I came to my cousin's house, and learned that Dale was going fishing on Friday for a couple of weeks, I said to Pat, "Do you want to drive over to the coast with me?" She thought she would, but had a cookie obligation on Saturday. Famous for her cookies, she has made many over the years. She has sold them at bake sales to help her grandkids go on trips, given them away at Christmas, and now, she had to deliver six dozen for a 50th wedding anniversary. Each one was shaped as a 50. That mission was accomplished yesterday. Today, we leave...

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Lois Hits the Road

Aug 5, 2005 - Cool Kelso and Hot St. Helens

We left Mt. Rainier yesterday and drove to I-5 and then south. We stopped for a few hours to see Mt. St. Helens again. Three years had passed since we last were there. It seemed to us more of the ravages of the 1980 eruption and collapse of the north side were covered by the growth of trees and vegetation. We saw a very impressive film of the eruption. It felt as if you were there. Mt. St. Helens is the only active, hot volcano in the continental U.S. Then we went to Kelso to camp. The RV Park was next to a levy along the Coweeman River. We...

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Jul 26, 2005 - Arrived in Paradise (Resort that is)

We arrived in Paradise Resort today. It is located in Silver Creek Washington, just South of Centralia as located on the map. Don't have any photos from here yet but we have some new ones from our last excursion on the Long Beach Peninusla. We visited the Cranberry museum and research center. A very educational experience. Cranberries grow on vines up to 6 foot long that lay on the ground. The berries form on small upright stems. They require a lot of water but the soil must be well drained. The bogs are excavated, then have a peat soil...

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Jul 11, 2005 - La Grande to Kelso, OR

7/11/05 La Grande to Kelso, OR Today we start at 2950 feet and go up to 4400 feet. It is a beautiful climb, great views. This is the second day we are following the old Oregon Trail. At the top of the climb, the trees disappear and we quickly descend into a valley full of wheat fields. We are now in the Columbia River Valley and less than 1000 feet above sea level. We will camp tonight only 100 feet ASL near the mouth of the Columbia River. The drive along thee Columbia lives up to the promise. It is a little boring to start with but...

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Jun 6, 2005 - The Gorge and Mt St Helen

After saying goodbye to Katie we headed father north towards Seattle. We stopped at the Columbia River Gorge area on the border between Washington and Oregon. The area is a mecca for windsurfers, which is Charlie's sport, so I'll let him write more about that if he wants. For me it was more of that classic Pacific Northwest rugged scenery. The area is also famous for being part of the Lewis and Clark trail. I also continued my world wide wine tasting tradition by stopping at a local vineyard on the Oregon side of the Gorge. I can't recall...

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